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Dry Ice Blasting Uses In The Aerospace And Aviation Industry

Sunday, February 16th, 2020
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Dry ice blasting is the favored industrial cleaning method for the aerospace and aviation industry. Carbon dioxide, in it’s frozen or gaseous state, does not conduct electricity. This makes it an ideal medium to clean production equipment, molds, composite tools, and surface preparation. By using dry ice blasting, aerospace manufacturers can ensure they meet the myriad of inspection standards in a cost-effective manner that is safe for employees  

Using dry ice blasting benefits aviation manufacturers in several ways. 

Saves time and money

When it comes to production, time is money. The less time spent on a specific task while still yielding favorable results, the better. Dry ice blasting hits these high notes multiple ways.

  • No disassembly of components required. Dry ice blasting can be used to clean brake assemblies, turbine engine components, and electrical systems in-place without needing to be taken apart. Carbon buildup can be cleaned from wheel wells, exhausts, and panels without any man-hours spent on taking these components apart.
  • Non-abrasive cleaning that prolongs lifespan of equipment. The more traditional methods of cleaning such as sandblasting or waterblasting abrade equipment with each use. This adds to the wear and tear that shortens the lifespan of machinery. The longer that equipment can be can be used without needing costly repairs and causing untimely production stoppages, the better.


  • Environmentally-friendly. The frozen carbon dioxide of dry ice sublimates on contact. This means clean up is minimal so not only are there no extra costs for secondary disposal, there is no danger to the environment. 
  • Safer for employees to handle. Dry ice blasting involves no hazardous chemicals (neither as an ingredient or byproduct), meaning it is a far safer option in terms of workplace safety. Employees can continue their assigned duties without any danger of exposure to harmful substances as soon as cleaning is finished.

Safe for use with electronics

Dry ice blasting allows the aviation grease, carbon build up, and oil to be effectively cleaned from the delicate wiring, controls, and electrical systems found in aviation production facilities. The instant sublimation and non-conductive properties of CO2 means cleaning can be done without causing the electrical problems that traditional cleaning would. 

Excellent for surface preparation

Dry ice blasting can be used to thoroughly clean surfaces.

  • Aircraft randomes can be cleaned of contaminants and debris as well as any other unwanted materials. It can be done in place or in the repair area
  • Paint, stencils, grease and other substances can be completely removed from the hull of an aircraft.

For example, in order to meet inspection standards, a plane may need to have its wings stripped and repainted with fuel-resistant paint. The sealant used on these planes would normally be removed manually by use of scrapers. By using dry ice blasting to remove the existing sealant instead, valuable man hours are waved and the process is expedited.

These are just a few of the different ways that dry ice blasting has been used in the aviation industry. Not only is it cost-effective, environmentally-safe, and non-conducive, it is approved for use by the FDA.


Dry ice is a versatile product that can be used in a wide variety of commercial and industrial applications. If you are looking for dry ice in large quantities, contact the experts at Reliant Dry Ice today. We are passionate about providing high-quality and reliable products for all of your needs. Call us at (806) 335-6600 or Contact Us by email to learn more About Us, our Products, and Dry Ice Blasting.